Lisbon and Porto are magnificent and overwhelming with timeless magic and a great place to visit any time of the year. Walking through the streets, tasting their abundance brings to life the culinary traditions of the Portuguese kitchen. This week you will explore the food, culture and cuisine.
Thorough cooking classes in unique settings, all run by accomplished chefs, you will bring these traditions homes.
This is an introduction to Portugal's food, wine and historic past combined into one week. A basic framework provides an itinerary with essential highlights, but allows enough time for your own exploration.
This tour requires a minimum of two people, and will take up to ten only. It operates year round on specific departure dates. See below for exact dates.
Day 1: Lisbon Airport
Today at the appropriate time, your local representative will meet you at the airport to assist and transfer you to your hotel. There are no activities planned for this day. Overnight in Lisbon.
Day 2: Lisbon – Sintra – Lisbon (B)
See the 16th-century Jeronimo’s Monastery (UNESCO); the Monument to the Discoveries, honoring intrepid Portuguese explorers and their patrons; and the impressive Belem Tower (Tickets are not included). Visit an old patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal’s finest pastry for over 100 years and enjoy a demonstration and tasting of the famous ‘pastéis de Belem’. Its unique narrow streets, lined with whitewashed chapels and white houses edged in blue, are the perfect place for thoughtful wandering. Continue to the town of Sintra, a UNESCO site and the favorite summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Here, peruse specialty shops filled with Portuguese handicrafts. Overnight in Lisbon.
Day 3: Lisbon – Óbidos – Fátima – Porto (B)
Your day on Portugal’s “Silver Coast” begins in the ancient town of Óbidos village – surrounded by its medieval walls and whitewashed houses. Don’t forget to drink Ginja. It is a Portuguese liqueur made by infusing ginja berries, and it’s the second most popular alcoholic drink in Portugal after the Port wine. Today you also features the imposing sanctuary of Fátima, a centre of Catholic faith and destination for pilgrims from across the world. Overnight in Porto.
Day 4: Porto (B)
Voted Best European Destination 2012 by the European citizens, Porto, is a perfect combination of history, architecture, culture, gastronomy, trade and discoveries. Walking tours in Porto, visits to the city’s historical center of world heritage and monuments of Porto. Itinerary: Torre dos Clérigos, Livraria Lello e Irmão, Avenida dos Aliados, Estação de S. Bento, Ponte Luís I, Sé Catedral, Bairro da Sé and Ribeira. Brief presentation of the olive oil industry in Portugal with a tasting of three Portuguese olive oils. In the afternoon a Port Wine tasting. Overnight in Porto.
Day 5: Arcos de Valdevez (B,D)
Free time in Porto. In the early afternoon, transfer to Arcos de Valdevez (rural village). Dinner in the rural hotel. Overnight in Arcos de Valdevez.
Day 6: Arcos de Valdevez (B,L, D)
Picnic basket for lunch in the middle of nature. Visit farm wines and wine tasting. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Arcos de Valdevez.
Day 7: Arcos de Valdevez – Braga (B,L)
Broa de Milho Workshop (bread cooking class) with Lígia Santos, the first winner of Masterchef Portugal in the rural hotel (Slow Food). Free time in Braga. Overnight in Braga.
Day 8: Oporto Airport (B)
Depart Porto after breakfast
Arrival and departure transfers from/to airports
Seven nights in a twin/double room
Lisbon: Saint George Castle (Ticket entrance included)
Lisbon: Demonstration and tasting of the famous ‘pastéis de Belém’
Cooking lesson at Hotel Casas da Li.
Sintra: Palácio da Pena (Ticket entrance included)
Olive oil tasting
Wine tasting and cooking class
Tasting of Portuguese products (for example: cheese, ham, sausage, cod fish, sardine, etc.)
City tour in Lisbon, Sintra, Porto, Braga and Óbidos
Transfer and English speaking guide throughout
Train Lisbon to Porto second class ticket
Airport taxes, security and fuel
Drinks and meals not specified
Entrances other than mentioned
Tourist tax in Lisbon. EUR1 pp/pnt to max EUR7
Telephone and personal expenses
$3399 per person based on twin/double share
$240 additional for a single room
01 November 2018
10 January 2019
7 February 2019
7 March 2019
4 April 2019
30 May 2019
31 July 2019
16 October 2019
31 October 2019
12 December 2019
Ask us for dates in 2020
Hotels on Tour
Olissippo Marquês de Sá Lisbon or similar
Axe Almada Porto or similar
Casas da Li (Rural Hotel)
Hotel Mercure Braga or similar
Please note some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.